Australian bishop admits breach of abuse victim's confidence
Catholic World News - June 09, 2010
An Australian bishop has acknowledged that he drew a reprimand from his fellow bishops for violating the confidentiality of a woman who had reported sexual abuse.
Bishop Joseph Grech of Bendigo wrote a letter of apology to Michelle Goldsmith for having discussed her case with the president of her parish council, despite a policy that protects the anonymity of people making abuse complaints. The bishop reportedly told the council president, "that girl needs professional help."
Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, who handled the complaint against Bishop Grech for breaking confidentiality, said that it was important to take disciplinary action, even against a bishops, because "systems are only as good as those who put them into practice."
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